Ottawa Solves Price in Big Win
The Ottawa Senators did what no team has done in over a year. Beat Carey Price in regulation time. Price entered the game with an 11-0-1 record this season, and having not lost a regulation time game since last October, prior to his season ending injury. However an Ottawa comeback Tuesday night handed the Habs their 4th loss in their last 5 games, a major change from the 10-0-1 record that they started the season with.
Tuesday’s game proved to be a back and forth affair for both teams, who for the most part matched each other goal-for-goal throughout the game. Following a scoreless first period Montreal’s Shea Weber lit the lamp on a powerplay 26 seconds into the second to give Montreal the 1-0 lead. However Ottawa’s Mike Hoffman scored his own powerplay marker 5 minutes later to even the score at 1. This was quickly followed by an amazing Alexander Radulov goal for the Habs, but the Sens’ Derick Brassard would add one of his own before the end of the 2nd to keep the game tied 2-2 after 2.
Montreal again grabbed the lead early in the 3rd when Alex Galchenyuk slapped home a powerplay marker to put his team up 3-2. However the lead was not to last as the Sens scored two quick goals by Mark Stone and Erik Karlsson to take the lead and ultimately the game. The win moves Ottawa to 11-7-1 this season and drops the Habs to 14-4-2. This was the second meeting of the season between the division rivals, as the Sens downed Montreal 4-23in a shootout in the 2nd game of the season.
Scary Moment Sends Beaulieu to Hospital
Montreal played the third period with only 5 defencemen after Nathan Beaulieu left the game late in the 2nd period. The Habs D-Man took a deflected shot by Derick Brassard to the neck area and immediately went to the dressing room. The team revealed following the game that Beaulieu had been taken to a local hospital as a precaution. He has since been released and is said to be fine.
For long time followers of the Canadiens the incident brings to mind the career ending injury of Habs forward Trent McCleary. McCleary was playing for Montreal against the Flyers in January of 2000 when he took a shot to the throat. McCleary collapsed at the bench and required life saving surgery in the hallway prior to being rushed to the hospital where doctors performed an emergency tracheotomy. McCleary attempted a comeback in the preseason of 2000-01, but was unable to complete a full shift due to the damage to his windpipe and was forced to retire, ultimately becoming a professional scout for the Canadiens,
Habs Look For Redemption vs Carolina
Montreal now looks forward to Thursday when they will host the Carolina Hurricanes. The Canes took the first meeting between the teams last week 3-2, and Montreal will be looking for redemption. Carey Price is expected to be the starting goalie for the Habs, where Cam Ward will likely start for the Hurricanes, who are 8-6-4 this season. Game time is 7:30PM EST.
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